By automating the buy button, Wiseguy Tickets allegedly bought ' and then sold ' 1.5 million concert and sports tickets online
At 10 a.m. on December 15, 2007, tickets for three Bruce Springsteen concerts went on sale. Seconds later, all 12,000 front seats were gone. Last month, four guys behind a Nevada-based start-up, Wiseguy Tickets, were indicted in New Jersey on 43 counts of fraudulently buying tickets that included AC/DC concerts, the Broadway show Wicked, Yankees games, and of course, The Boss. Tech-entertainment journalist Dave Kushner explains how the Wiseguys defeated Ticketmaster's CAPTCHA program on the way to scalping 1.5 million tickets on line.